Yesterday I saw two things occur that point out, in stark relief, why Biden and his pals are doomed with their jab mandate.
The first was at the local Lowes. It was mid-afternoon and I was in there to get a half-dozen small items I need to help Sarah get her van together enough for a weekend excursion she has planned. One checkout was open, the one with one checker and six automated "do it yourself" kiosks beyond it (the employee, presumably, was there to deter attempted walk-out thefts.) The few other staffers in the place were making quite a bit of noise about how short-staffed they were as the line backed up to pay and go.
What else was in evidence? They were all wearing rags on their faces.
May I point out that by the data roughly 15% of our county had allegedly had Covid-19 by the first of April, counting only "positive tests" and not those infected who never got tested or saw a doctor. What do you think it is now? About double that, I suspect, and I wouldn't be surprised if the total of those previously infected was approaching 40%. That's three to four in ten who have no reason to wear anything; they're recovered and presumptively immune. A corporate mandate to "wear a mask" on the job is thus stupid and abusive; it is exactly identical to mandating that a woman employee bare her***** so as to increase the odds of a man (gee, you don't think the average jobber in a Lowes is a man, do you?) will leer at her and buy more stuff. There is zero benefit that can accrue to such an employee -- only ridicule and risk. Is management shocked that all the part-timers who ran the checkstands stuck up the middle finger when they pulled this crap?
But now here comes a jab mandate! Well, same deal except now it's not a diaper on your face it's the literal threat of potential death or serious disability which the company, of course, is not liable for nor is anyone else. All for a starting wage, the sign said on the door ("Help Wanted") beginning at $12/hour.
Uh huh. Good luck.
Think this is unique?
Nope, it's everywhere.
Yes, the "enhanced" unemployment payments, I'm sure, made this worse. But that's ended now. What hasn't happened, as many said would, is people flocking back to all the places with "Help Wanted" signs and taking those jobs.
Because they refuse to be abused by a double-SOB. You do realize that's what "BOSS" can stand for, yes? Just reverse the letters.
To be sure I'm certain some around here are still scared of the coof. But for everyone scared of the coof there are probably three who are tired of being abused for the last 18 months and aren't going to put up with it. They've rearranged their lives in the intervening time to not need to deal with that crap and won't. Some of them (e.g. a married couple with kids) have figured out how to make it work on one salary and there's nothing an employer can do to convince the second person to come back. Do remember that most of these people were screwed blind for a year and a half -- first by telling them they're essential and must take the risk of a deadly disease for the benefit of others and now by demanding they take a jab after they took said risk, got infected and thus are immune! Those who do put up with it because they must to survive will become increasingly surly and nasty, and I've seen that among public-facing staff members as well. You can't fire the only check-out clerk you have without closing the store, can you? Exactly what incentive does he or she have under that circumstance to be nice?
You think that clerk doesn't know this? Yeah, right.
The second was an ambulance -- doors open, lights on, dudes obviously inside that I saw while waiting for a traffic light. Where was it? Right outside a chain pharmacy with a nice big "get your Covid vaccine here!" sign. That was a business call folks, and hundreds of people saw it while at or passing through that intersection. Nothing screams "SAFE!" like someone on a gurney.
Go ahead Governors, let businesses mandate jabs and masks. Let Biden get away with his bull****. Don't put in place E/Os and don't call back the legislature into special session right here and now, today, and put a conclusive stop to all of it.
I give this right up into the Christmas season when Biden's mandate allegedly will go into effect before it totally screws the economy. With that, down goes the market, commercial real estate detonates (what happens when that Lowes closes due to lack of staff and so do another couple of nice big-box stores for the same reason down the street --- everywhere at once!) and with it the debt markets.
There are already places where WalMarts are being forced to close to restock shelves as they're so short of people and can't hire more, having put in place employee mandates which enough prospective and current employees are responding to with "**** that!" that the only option remaining to them is to lock the doors and repurpose the few people they do have.
This area is tourist-heavy and now, with schools allegedly back open, the traffic shifts -- down a bit now, down more as we go into the winter. That local places still can't manage to hire tells the tale -- the people are tired of the abuse and, for the offered wage, they won't apply or work. Give someone 18 months to figure out how to give you the finger and many will do exactly that.
On top of this you have all of those who complied with said mandates and now are out sick, many with the coof which, the company and the government assured us all would not happen if you just rolled up your sleeve. Of course they lied and still are, trying to claim it's "rare" that people get materially ill after being vaccinated against Covid. That's just the latest line of bull**** and, given the sick rate among those who have been jabbed it's obvious if you pay a single bit of attention.
Good luck Biden along with governors and local officials -- you're going to need it, and were I you in this market today I'd be rather careful if you're not ok with a 201k -- which is what you might have left of your 401k as we approach Christmas.